Administration (ADMN) 417

International Business Management (Revision 4)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study**

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None. However ADMN 232 and/or MKTG 396 are recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

ADMN 417 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


This overview course is designed to expose business majors to salient dimensions of the worldwide business activity of international firms. In general, international firms are defined as small and medium-sized enterprises whose current and/or future operations transcend national boundaries; these enterprises can be “for-profit” as well as “not-for-profit” organizations.

ADMN 417 explores key international business dimensions in terms of their core concepts, and highlights the business and social implications of these core concepts from the perspective of managers and public-policy makers. The course introduces students to international business “hot” topics such as global social responsibility, but emphasizes a Canadian perspective on these topics. When appropriate, ADMN 417 includes material on non-profit and non-governmental organizations.


Unit 1: Macro-Level Influences on International Business

  • Lesson 1: Globalization
  • Lesson 2: Cross-cultural Business
  • Lesson 3: Politics, Law and Business Ethics

Unit 2: International Business and International Firms

  • Lesson 4: International Trade
  • Lesson 5: Regional Economic Integration
  • Lesson 6: Foreign Direct Investment

Unit 3: Configuring Firms for International Business

  • Lesson 7: Analyzing International Opportunities
  • Lesson 8: Selecting and Managing Entry Modes
  • Lesson 9: International Human Resource Management


To receive credit for ADMN 417, you must complete and submit three written assignments and pass a Final Examination. The passing grade for the Final Examination is 50 percent and you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The chart below provides the credit weight associated with each of these requirements.

Activity Credit Weight When to Complete
Assignment 1 15% of final grade After Lesson 3
Assignment 2 15% of final grade After Lesson 6
Assignment 3 20% of final grade After Lesson 9
Final Examination 50% of final grade After Lesson 9
Total 100%  

Note: Credit can be earned in this course by passing the challenge for credit.

If you are not satisfied with the grade you receive on an examination, or if you receive a grade below 50 percent, you may write a supplemental examination. If you write a supplemental examination, your final grade will be the higher of the grades received on the supplemental or original exam.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Wild, J. J., & Wild, K. L. (2012). International business: The challenges of globalization (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.. ISBN # 0132616882

The textbook is shipped as a shrink-wrapped package that includes an access code for the MyIBLab website. If the shrink wrap is broken, the materials are not returnable.

Other Materials

All other materials will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ADMN 417 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Paper Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, March 9, 2012.

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